When it comes to pushing yourself to the limits, our good friend Michael Jigalin is the guy to ask. Owner of Jigalin Fitness in San Francisco, Michael’s creative approach to fitness takes crosstraining to a whole other level.
So when we heard he was participating in the next Spartan Race in San Francisco, we knew it was the perfect time to test out our two new bags – the Obstacle Course Race Backpack and the Run About Town Backpack – both available through Fitmark’s Playing Field.
Jigalin Fitness specializes in small group training and personal coaching, and offers a friendly and collaborative space for fitness professionals to train their clients. So it is no surprise that a group of Jigalins steered a course for the Spartan Race last weekend and headed for the AT&T Ballpark, home to the San Francisco Giants:
“Growing up as a Giants’ fan and being able to perform all of these activities, (for the first time) literally on our home field, was a special moment for me.”
The Spartan Races are broken down into different levels, this being a Sprint or Adult Level 1, consists of 3 miles and more than 20 obstacles to tackle. What was it like, Mike?
“The Spartan Race was an incredible experience that I think our athletes and I will hold onto forever. As a team, we performed and applied the ‘ninja’ skills that we trained in the gym and put them to the test” out in the field, and “we challenged ourselves and our athletes in a different type of environment.”
And what about the ‘ninja’ skills of the OCR Pack? How did it hold up?
“The OCR bag held it’s own during the Sprint Race. From the Spiderman-like bear crawls under wire, sky high rope climbs, tough gripping monkey bars, targeted javelin throws to nosebleed stair climbs throughout the Home of SF Giants ballpark, to the finishing wall climb.”
“Plus, when it came down to throwing the #nicebag off to the side, the OCR definitely held its own. I didn’t worry about water being poured on it nor hitting the dirt in case we needed to perform burpees together as a team.”
So this bag was light enough to wear throughout the sprinting and other endurance sports, and its resilient exterior made it easy to keep clean and dry out on the field. Plus it held all of Mike’s essentials:
“In SF, we pack layers and on this particular day, the sun definitely hit the skin and I’m pleased to say the bag handles articles of clothing nicely.”
“As a coach/motivator, intense action shots with an iPhone were captured and energy fueling snacks filled the pack. Throughout the race, blasting through obstacles (rope burn climb, endless stairs, and wall climbs etc), the OCR pack made it simple, I knew exactly where everything was stored without wasting any time!”
Mike’s friend Scott Morgan tried out the Run About Town Backpack:
“This bag stayed put and snug to the back without bouncing. Without removal of the backpack while racing, the breathable back capability made the temperature feel much cooler. Also, just in case we needed to wet the beak, the concealed water bladder was attached to a valve for accessible hydration.”
We’re happy to say that both bags, as well as Team Jigalin, made it over the finishing wall:
“As a finisher of the Spartan Race, in order to complete the trifecta, we must complete two more events (Ultra and Beast) so our training regime in the gym will be taken up a notch as we will upgrade our facility to simulate similar obstacles.”
But the best part is that this whole experience has been an inspiring one for Jigalin Fitness, and like any fitness event, the whole community has been involved:
“This race sparked motivation and increased awareness throughout our whole gym, creating a domino affect and preparing us for an upcoming race next weekend!”
Thanks Jigalin Fitness and good luck in your next race. Don’t forget to sport your Fitmark Bag!
Sport Your Lifestyle
The Fitmark Team